Fernando Tatis Jr.'s dugout blowout with Manny Machado was reportedly a long time coming. Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported the situation had been percolating "for weeks," with some veterans in the clubhouse growing frustrated with Tatis' "brooding" as the team falls out of playoff contention.
Machado was shown needing to be held back in the dugout as he screamed at Tatis after the shortstop-outfielder argued a fifth-inning strikeout. While Tatis was not tossed for the incident, manager Jayce Tingler came out of the dugout to protect Tatis and was tossed.
"It's not viewed negatively," Tingler said. "We're a family. We're not going to discuss the details, but we care. There's passion. There's frustration. Those are all emotions that are natural, and those things happen."
The Padres' late-season collapse combined with tensions in the clubhouse, could be the end of the Tingler era despite posting a winning record in each of his two seasons with the franchise.